Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Yale University, presents the talk, "What Would Oprah Do?: Celebrity and Corporate Religion in the Twenty-First Century." This lecture, on November 14, is sponsored by the Departments of Religious Studies and American Studies.
On May 2, Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery will meet with students and faculty to talk about the continuation of Tibetan Buddhist traditions in exile, about personal experiences of leaving the Tibetan homeland, and about the current political situation.
The conference "New Research on Sexuality in South Asia", to be held May 2-3 at UT-Austin, is co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute, Deparmtent of Asian Studies, Department of English, Department of Religious Studies, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies' LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster, and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.
Professor Howard Miller is known for his popular religious studies courses, including "Religion in U.S. Popular Culture" and "Jesus in American Culture." He teaches in the Religious Studies and History departments. The $15,000 award is the university's largest for undergraduate teaching excellence.
The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce the 2008-2009 William B. and Sara G. Hilgers Endowed Scholarship in Religious Studies. One award in the amount of $1,000 will be given to a deserving undergraduate student in our department at the beginning of the Fall 2008 semester. We are currently accepting applications.
The Department of Religious Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies present the lecture “Contesting Sacred Space: Rituals of Tibetans, Han Chinese and Tourists at a Pilgrimage/World Heritage Site” by Donald Sutton, Professor of History and Anthropology at Carnegie Mellon University. This lecture will take place on April 17.
On Thursday, March 27, the Department of Religious Studies presents the lecture "Performing Stigamata: Women Stigmatics in Italy 1300-1600" by art historian Cordelia Warr from the University of Manchester (UK). This lecture is co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Art and Art History, and French and Italian.
On March 3, 2008, Religious Studies will present the talk "The God Strategy: Faith as a Political Weapon" by David Domke, professor of communication at the University of Washington. Prof. Domke will discuss why political debate today is often dominated by faith-based perspectives and what it means for democracy. This event is co-sponsored with The Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication and the Department of Government.
On Tuesday evening, 4 March 2008, you're invited to take a break from Texas politics and join three first-class scholars as they explore an earlier but no less polemically-charged world. The symposium "Medieval Bibles: Studies in Word and Image" will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Prothro Theater in the Harry Ransom Center.